It became a joke to be passed from mouth to mouth, producing instant guffaws.
Voltaire never dwells too long on this point, stays to laugh at what he has said, elucidates or comments on his own jokes, guffaws over them or exaggerates their form.
guffaws of laughter at my predicament.
loud guffaws of course from the rest of the party.
Technically, everything went wrong: the curtains stuck, the enchanted forest refused to grow, and the audience responded with loud guffaws.